Student Nursing Assistant
SEARHC was established in 1975 under the provisions of the Indian Self-Determination Act as a non-profit health consortium which serves the health interests of the residents of Southeast Alaska. The intent of this legislation was to have Indian Health Service programs and facilities turned over to tribal management. Our contracting with IHS began in 1976 when we took over management of the Community Health Aides Program. In 1982, we took over operation of the IHS Juneau clinic, now the Ethel Lund Medical Center, and took over operation of Sitka’s Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in 1986. We are one of the oldest and largest Native-run health organizations in the nation.
Under the supervision of a Registered Nurse, the Student Nursing Assistant will provide general nursing care in Acute Care/Long Term Care to non-acute and/or acutely ill patients/residents while maintaining a safe and clean environment.
Actively participating in SEARHC’s Student Nursing Assistant program, while maintaining satisfactory grades and good attendance, which are outlined in the program syllabus. Promotes the SEARHC Seven Standards of Excellence.
- Provides nursing care for the adult, and geriatric population, which may include:
- Performs bed baths, oral hygiene, hair care, back care, dressing patients/residents, application of treatments for heat and cold; application of anti-embolism stockings.
- Obtains and records temperature, pulse, respiration, weight, height, blood pressure, pulse oximetry and intake-output measurements in the electronic health record (EHR).
- Collects and transports specimens to correct departments.
- Reports any abnormal vital signs and/or changes observed in condition or behavior of patients/residents and unusual incidents.
- Performs other duties as specific to unit specialty.
- Provides bed side care, which may include:
- Repositions patients/residents, lifting and turning patients/residents, assisting in use of bedpan, urinal, commode, or emptying of Foley catheter; answers call lights; makes rounds to assigned patients/residents.
- Ambulates patients/residents, transporting to and from various departments as required.
- Assists patients/residents with meals or feeds patients/residents.
- Assists patients/residents in the care of personal belongings, which may include: dentures, glasses, contact lenses, hearing aids, prosthetic devices, etc.
- Changes bed linen; cleans over bed table and bedside stand, straightens room and other general care as needed.
- Assists Registered Nurse with readying a patient/resident for medivac transport from the department, which may include but is not limited to: making phone calls, copying papers and chart, and providing direct patient care.
- Maintains a safe and clean environment by:
- Prepares nursing areas and/or patient/resident rooms and beds for receiving patient/resident admissions, transfers, emergencies or discharges.
- Assists in and cleans utility rooms, cleans and prepares equipment for disinfection or sterilization;
- Reports equipment that is out of order, reports other problems to Registered Nurse.
- Handles clean and dirty linen and stores supplies in the service area as appropriately instructed.
- Floats as needed to other departments in the hospital under the supervision of a Registered Nurse.
- Disposes of all solid and infectious waste according to organizational policies and procedures.
- Replenishes supplies in patient/resident rooms and bathrooms as needed.
- Performs other duties as assigned by Registered Nurse.
- High school diploma or equivalent
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Must be able to follow instructions and demonstrate relevant scope of practice when caring for patients/residents by maintaining a safe environment with appropriate infection controls practices.
- Demonstrates the knowledge of proper equipment use.
- Demonstrates knowledge between normal and abnormal patient/resident findings and communicates them appropriately to the nurse on duty.
- Oral and written communication skills.
- Competently maintains a clean work environment with proper infection control practices including equipment cleaning.
- Provides general nursing care under the supervision of a Registered Nurse.
- Ability to work cooperatively with others by establishing and maintaining interpersonal relationships with patients, residents, visitors, and other healthcare team members.
- Assures confidentiality of patient/resident information at all times.
At SEARHC, we see our employees as our strongest assets. It is our priority to further their development and our organization by aiding in their professional advancement. Working at SEARHC is more than a job, it’s a fulfilling career.
We offer generous benefits, including retirement, paid time off, paid parental leave, health, dental, and vision benefits, life insurance and long and short-term disability, and more.
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